No. 29 Upton Park

Known originally as 'Spring Villa' the property has been given other names by various owners - 'Park House' and 'Woodbriar' (after the name of the family tea plantation).

Shown here in 2001, the property was probably built in 1873. This is the only single (detached) Victorian Villa built on the inner circle (on plot 29). The house is of classic 'double fronted' style ie central door with a bay window each side. The Spring Villa on nearby Liverpool Rd is to a similar style.

picture of house

  • In the early 1870s, Tailor & Draper George Roberts lived in the Park at No:9 - one of the very first Park properties. He sold no:9 in 1873 probably to move to his newly built house Spring Villa. The Roberts family are recorded in the census of 1881 and 1891. By the 1891 census; George Roberts was still only 52 with their youngest child 14.
  • The 1901 census records Timber Merchant Arthur Powell and family
  • The earliest Park accounts ledger of 1921 records the name of Mr. S Davies and a plot size of 2149 sq yds.
  • John Griffiths who transfered from South Wales with Pearl Assurance is named as living in Upton Park in the 1911 & 1921 electoral rolls. He is not named in the UPPA accounts until 1925 - possibly on buying the property from his previous tenancy. Dr John Griffiths was Park chairman from 1926 through 1934. In 1932 he was appointed Chairman & secretary & Hon treasurer & sole signatory. The Griffiths had 4 daughters (Clara, Dalzie, Marjorie) and a son John. Other Griffiths - no relation - lived at Holly Bank during this period and a John Griffiths is named as being the mortgagor - whether this is the same John Griffiths has not been established but the two families did appear to have an interconnecting gate between their two pemises.
  • John senior is not named in the 1945 electoral roll and by 1950 Mrs Clara Griffiths is named at Park rate payer; presumably after John's death. Mrs Griffiths death in 1956 is noted in the UPPA Minutes with recognition of the very long time in which she had resided in the Park. From 1956 the accounts record daughter Dalzie Comyns. In the early1960s Dalzie had the new detached property (no:27) built alongside Spring Villa. Dalzie moved into that subsequently selling Spring Villa.
  • The next owner was D I Twine
  • In 1971/2, Mr Edwin James Seal acquired the property and moved in from no:98 - with his wife Marion and son Anthony James.
  • In 1973 they sold to Mr & Mrs Smith who considered adapting the property to a guesthouse - a plan that was fiercely contested by fellow residents and was eventually dropped.
  • The next owners were Dr Jayaram and family.